A young musician trying to make a living out here. I'm the guitar player, producer, and songwriter of a duo called "Bad Obsession", and I've been the beatmaker and producer of a lot of independent artists. I've been the mixing and mastering engineer of every project I had to manage and I also play the piano, ukulele, I sing and I've been a DJ.
My name is MINOR, and I'm a music producer who makes personalized beats and mix-masters for my customers. I have worked as a session guitarist, songwriter, music producer (trap, rap, hip-hop, etc), and mixing and mastering engineer. I also make EDM, but more like an individual project, not as a selling product (in general). In terms of my guitar playing, I wouldn't have any problem with any type of guitar soloing or composing, since I have a very good technique and I'm very experienced with the instrument. My other specialization is music producing and beatmaking, I work in my home studio and I always try to make the beats as the customer wants, and usually I also finish the project with the vocals of my client; I edit them and then I mix and master the full project, to make the song ready to send it to the digital stores.
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Interview with MINOR
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently released some songs with a friend, our duo is called 'Bad Obsession', and I really like the songs that I made. I have been the producer, guitarist and engineer of this project, that's why I'm proud of releasing it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on three personal projects, which I want to release soon, and also I'm being the producer and mixing-mastering engineer of some rappers.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't know a lot of people on SoundBetter, but I checked some female singers for EDM tracks and they look to be very good at what they do.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It depends. I personally like analog gear a lot, but digital gives you a lot more options and possibilities, and it's cheaper, but I recommend having at least one analog synth or something to experiment with.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That they will be happy with the result, if not we'll change things until is perfect.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to make music that others can enjoy and helping other to make music that they like.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: It depends on the project and the customer, everyone has different ideas or questions.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think that what producers do is easy, and sometimes they think is not useful.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Basically, I ask them what do they want to do, how do they want the song to sound, and if they have some ideas or something to show me.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would tell him to have an idea of what he wants and to not be shy of specifying, because we work better if we know what to do, and we'd both be happy with the result.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A guitar, a laptop, an audio interface, a microphone and headphones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing guitar thanks to the Chili Peppers, and thanks to that I found my passion for music. Then I started making everything I could, from playing live with bands to composing and recording.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I don't think I have a "style", just because I do a lot of types of music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Post Malone or Bring Me The Horizon, because they have been very creative and experimental with their last records, and I feel that we could do very interesting things together.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to a lot of music genres, try to experiment and be creative and also learn everything you can from people that had success.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Almost everything: rock, trap, hip hop, pop, EDM, etc.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think I'd be my creativity and the capacity of "bringing to life" what the customer wants.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to make them better and more interesting for the listeners, and also make them sound more professional and be sure that they are ready to be sent to the digital stores.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For beat-making, in general, I start with a melody and then work with it, for editing and mix-master I just listen to the song or track and see what it needs, and when recording guitar I start improvising with the track to see the possibilities of what I can do.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in my home studio, and I've got everything I need for music production and recording. I got a turntable, a lot of guitars, a microphone, samplers, speakers, etc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Post Malone, Avicii, Lil Peep, blackbear Bring Me The Horizon, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iann Dior, and XXXTentacion
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually make beats, edit vocals, mix-masters and work as a session guitarist.